Baked apples on a small plate.

Old-Fashioned Baked Apples

Easier than apple pie but just as satisfying, baked apples are the perfect cozy dessert for a chilly night.

Servings: 6
Prep Time: 25 Minutes
Cook Time: 45 Minutes
Total Time: 1 Hour 15 Minutes


  • 6 baking apples, preferably Fuji or Gala
  • ½ cup (packed) dark brown sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 1½ tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small chunks
  • 1½ cups apple cider or apple juice
  • 2 tablespoons brandy or bourbon (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, from 1 lemon
  • Vanilla ice cream, for serving (optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and set an oven rack in the middle position.
  2. Using the smaller side of a melon baller or a sharp-edged measuring teaspoon, core the apples, leaving the bottom ½ inch of the apples intact, and remove. (Do not use an apple corer, as it's hard to prevent the corer from going all the way through the apples.)
  3. In a small bowl, mix together the brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.
  4. Place the apples in a 2 to 2.5-qt baking dish (they should fit snugly). Spoon the brown sugar mixture evenly into the apples. Top each apple with a chunk of butter.
  5. In a liquid measuring cup, combine the apple cider (or juice), brandy (if using), and lemon juice. Pour around the apples. The liquid should come about 1 inch up the sides of the baking dish. Add more cider if necessary.
  6. Bake for about 45 minutes, until the apples are tender when pierced with a sharp knife. Let cool for a few minutes, then carefully transfer the apples (and some of the cooking juices, if you like) to serving bowls. Serve with vanilla ice cream, if desired.

Nutrition Information

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  • Serving size: 1 apple
  • Calories: 227
  • Fat: 3 g
  • Saturated fat: 2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 50 g
  • Sugar: 41 g
  • Fiber: 4 g
  • Protein: 1 g
  • Sodium: 57 g
  • Cholesterol: 8 mg

Gluten-Free Adaptable Note

To the best of my knowledge, all of the ingredients used in this recipe are gluten-free or widely available in gluten-free versions. There is hidden gluten in many foods; if you're following a gluten-free diet or cooking for someone with gluten allergies, always read the labels of your ingredients to verify that they are gluten-free.